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Negril travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: A wonderful 25-30°C throughout the year.

Best time to visit: April is carnival season in Jamaica, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. But there’s ‘no worries’ if you can’t make it. Jamaica loves to celebrate all sorts of things and with music, food and historic festivals occurring all year round, you’re sure to experience something unique to Jamaica. The island basks in year-round sunshine so it’s always warm but, if you’re keen on outdoor activities like hiking, the cooler months are between December and April.

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Negril is best for...

Beach lovers: Seven Mile Beach has got it all, clear water, white sand and lots of palm trees. A holiday here is all about the beach.

Music lovers: On Norman Manley Boulevard every evening you’ll find fantastic reggae artists and have lots of opportunities to grab a cocktail and dance the night away.

Daredevils: Watch cliff-diving from the safety of Rick’s Bar then head out for a windsurfing lesson, take out a Hobie Cat, or go scuba diving. 

Fast facts

Language: English is the most popular language in Jamaica but you might hear Spanish and Patois, too.

Currency: The official currency used in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar but US dollar is accepted in tourist resorts.

Local time: Negril is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. The transfer to Negril takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Negril is 9 hours.

Tourist information: Further information for your Negril holiday is available from the Jamaican tourist board at www.visitjamaica.com.

Visa and health: Before you travel to Jamaica, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for advice on visas and health.

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Getting around

By taxi: Taxis aren’t very expensive and you can order an official red plate taxi you’re your hotel reception. Taxi drivers are usually friendly and knowledgable about the local area. Just make sure to confirm the price before you set off and keep some change on you to avoid any surprises.

By bus: Hotels at the north end of town often have shuttle bus services around the resort. Bus trips inland are also available to book from your hotel.

By tour van: When you book a tour, like The Bob Marley Experience or a hike into the Jamaican forests, a tour van will usually pick you up at your hotel. Tours are a great way to get the most out of your holiday.

Events

Negril Music Festival: If you’re looking to book your holiday to Negril in March, then you simply can’t miss this reggae and calypso music festival. Food, music, and dance are the lifeblood of this event.

Marathon / Half-Marathon: In December every year, the resort hosts the Reggae Marathon and Half-Marathon. This celebrated event is hugely popular with its own festival in Negril too. If you can handle the heat, you might even want to run yourself!

The Bob Marley Experience: This tour departs from town and heads to Bob Marley’s home in Nine Mile. A deeply interesting tour, your guide will known everything there is to know and you’ll get a first hand look into the way Marley lived and spent his time.